CSTO postpones meeting of Permanent Council to discuss heightened tension on Armenian-Azerbaijani border

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YEREVAN, July 14. /ARKA/. An emergency meeting of the CSTO Permanent Council that was to be held on Monday at the initiative of Secretary General Stanislav Zas, has been postponed indefinitely, CSTO press secretary Vladimir Zaynetdinov told Radio Azatutyun.

The meeting was to be held following clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops along their border.

According to Zaynetdinov, the meeting was postponed for holding consultations between the parties, and also because of the need to clarify the format of discussions. He refused to answer on whose initiative the meeting was adjourned.

According to the Armenian Ministry of Defense, on July 12 morning, Azerbaijani forces made two attempts to seize an Armenian army outpost in the northern Tavush province, but failed suffering casualties while being repelled by Armenian troops. According to a spokeswoman for the defense ministry Shushan Stepanyan, there are no casualties on the Armenian side.

On July 12 evening Azerbaijani troops resumed shelling in the direction of the same outpost using an 82-mm mortar and a tank.

On Monday morning, Shushan Stepanyan reported that after two or three hours of calm, the enemy continued shelling the Armenian positions. She said the Armenian forces retaliated by a proportionate response. According to the Armenian ministry, two interior troops servicemen were slightly wounded.

Armenian Defense Minister David Tonoyan said that shelling of Armenian positions from Azerbaijan continues with a certain frequency, but is being suppressed by sniper fire, resulting in significant losses to the enemy.

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